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Old 08-24-2011, 05:53 PM   #11
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Coolness. Just let us know and we'll see what we can work up for ya.
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:06 AM   #12
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Okay, so it might be a tight squeeze, but that sump carey recommended will fit.

Its dimensions are 24"L x 12"W x 16"H, and the space I'm working with is 47.5"L x 15"W x 23"H

Got a few more questions though lol. So as far as the plumbing goes, would it be okay to run it with flexible tubes going from the sump up and over the rim of the aquarium, for both intake and output? If you don't understand what I mean, just imagine the standard set-up for just about any canister filter. Or does it have to be a solid PVC plumbling system?

Also, will there be any need to drill my tank and install an overflow system? I'd rather avoid doing so, if at all possible, as this project is going to call for a good deal of work as it is lol.

Lastly, I've been looking at some possible lighting systems on ebay, and I've found some selling for prices that seem almost too good to be true. There was a quad lighting system with moonlights and all selling for $100. My gut tells me that the deal's just too good to be true, but at the same time, at that price, I'm almost willing to take the gamble, and the seller has really good ratings. Anyone have any experience with these cheap, Chinese lights?

Sorry again for all the questions!
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:41 AM   #13
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What was the brand of the lights from personal experience I found cheap lights to b hit or miss that is y if u read the thred on my 55 reef build I am going with the brand current they r a really good light
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:36 AM   #14
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I use flexible tubing but have this at the up and over part of the aquarium

Aquarium Plumbing: Directional U-Tube

You could drill your tank but you can also use and overflow box.

Here are two links for the ones I bought. The first one I didn't like the second one I love. Just keep in mind I did this for a bigger system so youll want to get the oveflow rated for your system

Reef Aquarium Filtration: Eshopps Overflow Boxes

Aquarium Filters: Continuous Siphon Overflow

You may be looking at aquatraders lights, while a decent "ok" fixture you for sure get what you pay for. I would keep looking and maybe I can find some other links for a 48" fixture thats much better than the cheapy chinese ones
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Thank you guys so much for all your help! There's just so much to learn that it could leave your head spinning, and that's coming from a university student (learning is kind of my job right now lol)

For any other newbies out there like me, I found this document on overflows and sumps to be really helpful:

Overflows and Sumps | Reefland

Anyways, so back to my eventual build. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems as if the gph ratings of the overflow systems are at least fairly accurate, so I figured that should be the hallmark that determines my turnover rate.

The overflow that I'm looking at is the second one that carey linked:

Aquarium Filters: Continuous Siphon Overflow

Now here's my question, could there be such a thing as too much turnover? With the 1200gph overflow (only one available at this time), I'd have a turnover rate of about 20 times my tank volume every hour lol. I'm a fan of overdoing filtration, but I don't know if things work the same way with these overflows and sumps as they do with the FW canisters that I'm used to.

Also, as far as the lights go, I'm doing more research on those lol. Thanks again!
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:42 PM   #16
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You can get the overflow in smaller sizes here:

CPR CS90 SIPHON AQUARIUM OVERFLOW BOX by CPR Aquatic - AquaCave

They have others so just take a look and see which size is best for you.
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You can get the overflow in smaller sizes here:

CPR CS90 SIPHON AQUARIUM OVERFLOW BOX by CPR Aquatic - AquaCave

They have others so just take a look and see which size is best for you.
Thanks! But as far as turnover rate goes, would 20 just be too much? Like does this pose any sort of problem? I don't mind overdoing the filtration, partly because it makes an upgrade to a slightly larger tank less costly lol
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Hey I saw that you were asking about NSW. I have only used it so far, and no ill affects. I have a house on the water and go off my boat to get as far away from the edges as possible. I also only do it during high tide. Just make sure you don't see crap and litter in the water.
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I'm running my 1532gph return pump throttled back to about 1200 to match my overflow. I also have 2 1400 power heads so I'm turning my water over at 4000gph. i find it to be a bit of overkill on my 125g. But you do have the option of running a bigger tank with it if that time comes. But then you might also need a new sump and then a new return pump too. Also keepin mind that overflow has a double 1 inch input which bmeans you need a double mount in your sump. I suppose you could just use one pipe of the two but then I;m not sure of the gph. I think most people with a 55g go with about 600gph single overflows.

Entirely your decision though, i can just share what I've learned here and there.
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Hey I saw that you were asking about NSW. I have only used it so far, and no ill affects. I have a house on the water and go off my boat to get as far away from the edges as possible. I also only do it during high tide. Just make sure you don't see crap and litter in the water.
Thanks for the tip! Yea I've got the same exact situation as you, and I was also advised to go out when the tide is coming in, but it's always good to hear it straight from another hobbyist lol.
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